Mr Robert Paice and Mrs Pippa Harvey (Picasso)
Miss Leanne Murphy (O'Keeffe)
Miss Sally Dove (English) and Mrs Kim Parker (Maths) - Learning Lodge
Caldecotte Xperience Meeting - Friday 4th May at 3.45pm
Tuesday May 22nd-Wednesday May 23rd - Caldecotte Xperience - Picasso Class
Wednesday 23rd May-Thursday 24th May - Caldecotte Xperience - O'Keeffe Class
Monday 28th May-Friday 8th June - 2 Week May Half Term
Thursday 26th July - End of Term - School ends at 2pm
In the link below, you will find the National Curriculum Year 3/4 Statutory Spelling List document. On page 16 of the document, you will find the Year 3/4 spelling list. The previous pages of the documents also explain the spellings rules that we teach in our weekly spelling practise. Each week, alongside a spelling rule, we send home two statutory spellings from the list to keep children practising them regularly.
Children are assessed on all the words from the list each term, throughout the years. The document also contains the Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List and rules which children will move onto next year.
This term, our topic continues as 'Rainforests' and will be learning about electricity in science for the first half term.
In topic, we will continue looking at the geographical elements of rainforests, as well as debating the important topic of deforestation. Science will involve lots of practical learning building circuits to look deeper at electrical components to explore how and why they work.
In English, we will start the half term by exploring discussion texts, learning about the structure and language features to write our own discussions on important topics. We will then move onto explanation texts, where we will be creating our own contraptions to explain before linking what we have learnt about explanation texts to our topic of electricity. We will finish the half term with a Take One Book study.
In maths, we will continue to explore a range of mathematical topics, which include reasoning and problem solving, to deepen and widen our mathematical thinking.
Please note that our PE day is now changing to a FRIDAY. Please can children ensure that the correct PE kit is in school on this day every week.
As the weather continues to warm up (hopefully!), please ensure children have suncream, a hat and water bottle on them, when appropriate, to protect them during hot break times. It is ideal if suncream is applied before school in the morning but the children are allowed to bring this in their bag to apply themselves during school when needed.
Our parents meeting for the Caldecotte residential trip is tomorrow (04.05.2018) Here we will provide you with further details and hand out the medical forms required. If you are unable to attend the session forms will be handed out to Children next week. These need to be returned to school as soon as possible. We hope your children are as excited about the visit as we are!
Year 4 have spent some enjoyable time presenting their home learning projects this week. The effort that went into all the research and created habitats was very impressive and we had a great time hearing lots of information and learning new facts about where our food comes from and how it gets to our supermarkets. A lot of dedication went into the habitat designs and 3D creations - there were lots of wild imaginations with some of the mythical creature habitats that were created! A big well done to all the energised learners who took part in creating their successful projects. You can see a slideshow of some of the habitats below.
Year four are really enjoying their science topic of electricity! So far, we have looked at the difference between mains and battery operated appliances, built and tested circuits to understand what a circuit needs to work and classified and evaluated insulators and conductors. The children have had lots of fun learning about electricity first hand with the electrical experiments and have shown some very dedicated and successful learning.
In music, we have been studying a song called 'A Little Can Change' linked to our topic and science learning. The song contains an important message of how crucial it is to look after our environment. It's a challenging song that the children have showed dedicated and energised attitudes towards to create the finished piece which we recorded today. You can listen to the recording on the link below:
On Tuesday 27th February 2018, O’Keeffe bought their Sikh learning to life by carrying out our own Langar (free kitchen). We re-enacted behaviours that Sikhs carried out at a Gurdwara if the children wished, such as taking off our shoes, sitting together to eat on the floor and covering our heads. We made samosas with a potato and pea filling that Sikhs may have as they only serve vegetarian food in the Langar. This really helped us to understand the importance of the experience and the children wrote some wonderful pupil voice on the activity to show their opinion and what they learned. All children were very mature and participated brilliantly. Well done, O’Keeffe!
Year 4 had a fantastic day out to the British Museum on Tuesday (21/11/17). We got to explore the ancient Egyptian galleries which bought to life lots of the learning that we have been doing in class. We carried out a range of activities that allowed us to look at many different items in the cases and explore artefacts in more detail. We even got some ideas for activities that we could do with our parents on our upcoming open afternoon (Tuesday 5th December). Children found all the items linked to mummies particularly fascinating and were very impressed by the Rosetta Stone! The behaviour and positive attitudes of all the children were exemplary and all the staff who came were very proud. Well done year 4!
This week in science, Year 4 were looking at the functions of the digestive system. To bring this learning to life, we carried out an interesting demonstration which shows the functions of different organs in the digestive system. We added crackers and a banana to a sandwich bag which acted as the stomach and then added orange juice and water which were stomach acid and saliva. We then mixed the items in the bag, mimicking the action of muscles in the stomach. After that, we poured the mixture into a pair of tights which were representing the intestines. At this point, the fluids in the mixture exited the tights which represented the body absorbing nutrients from food in the small intestine. The mixture then solidified in the large intestine which we then placed into a cup, and pushed the waste out of the cup, demonstrating the act of the body getting rid of waste. As you can see, the children certainly enjoyed it (as did the adults!) and it allowed them to consolidate their understanding of the functions of the digestive system and apply it to their learning.
Today, year 4 carried out some learning linked to Remembrance Day.
We begun the morning with a class discussion about the significance of Remembrance Day and the poppy. We then wrote our own war poem based on the experiences of a solider in the war and created our own Remembrance silhouette pictures.
The children focused on including description, similes and personification in their writing and created some very effective poems. All children enjoyed the challenges of creating the silhouette pictures with some very please results!
In year 4, we have started a new topic on the digestive system in science. This week, we looked at the different organs in the digestive system and learned their names. We developed our understanding by adding the organs and their names to our learning wall to refer to throughout our topic. Next week, we will be going onto to understanding the functions of the different parts of the digestive system.
Well done to Picasso class for their first attendance cup win of the year. What was even more pleasing was that we had 100% of the children in school on time. Keep it up!
Year 4 had lots of fun learning how to create their own educational computer game. We are looking forward to
posting some finished games when they are complete!
Year four have had a successful and exciting start to the school year. Miss Murphy and Mrs Harvey would like to thank the children personally for making us feel welcome and helping us to settle into Round Diamond School.
Year 4 started off their Ancient Egyptian topic with a range of fun and inspiring activities. We got to piece together photographs of Ancient Egypt, identified Ancient Egyptian objects and even got to go inside our own Ancient Egyptian tomb filled with photographs and even 4 canopic jars. The tomb was certainly a favourite with the children! This helped us to recall what we already knew about Ancient Egypt and create questions that we wanted to find the answer to during our learning.
Enjoy some photos of our fun afternoon below:
So far we have thought about where electricity comes from, how it is made, safety issues surrounding electricity and have started to look at electrical circuits. Below is a link that will help you to further explore electrical circuits by changing the components.
Thursday 20th April 2017
Today Year 4 took part in the second House Event.
For today's event Year 3 and 4 joined together in their houses to 'Take One Picture'.
Our activities focused around the picture 'Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh'.
We split into our house groups and each house worked with a different teacher to create some fantastic art learning.
Year 5/6 and Year 1/2 also took part in this event :)
🐷🐮On The Farm! 🐔🐴 WB 27.03.2017
As part of our cross curricular learning this week we have focused on the geography element of farms and farming.
First we used compasses to explore the different compass points and how these can relate to map reading. We then read a variety of maps focusing of the key to show us different points of interest. Finally, we applied all of these skills along with our understanding of different farms and types of farming to decide where in Stevenage we would place our farm.
World Book Day 02/03/17
Both children and teachers in Year 4 had a great day celebrating world book day today. They had the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by a visiting storyteller. They retold traditional world tales as well as made up some of their own stories.
Rainforest weather! 25/01/17
After learning about the typical climate in rainforest we planned our own weather reports for rainforests around the world 🌍
Remembrance Day 2016
In class this afternoon, Picasso have been thinking about Remembrance day and what this means. We thought about what it means and who we are remembering. We also observed 2 minutes of silence in assembly this morning.
Picasso & O'Keeffe